Dating camillus knives

dating camillus knives

How to date a Camillus knife?

For the Camillus stuff, having the first use date is handy, and the range, while imprecise, is useful when looking at other clues to date the knife. I thought that thread like this might be a good way to add some of the collective knowledge of this group as well.

What happened to Camillus Cutlery?

Camillus Collectors Club 2003 Charter Member Trapper. The Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the United States as its roots date back to 1876. The Company produced millions of knives until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007 due to fierce overseas competition and bad business skills.

Who makes Camillus knives?

In 2001, Camillus collaborated with custom Knifemaker Jerry Fisk, the only Knifemaker to be declared a Living National Treasure, to produce a Bowie knife. That same year, Camillus began a partnership with custom Knifemaker Darryl Ralph to produce a line of titanium framed tactical folding knives.

Where do the knife date references come from?

With one exception, these all came from electricians knives (i.e., TL-29 or signal corp. style knives). Except for the first two, which are based on information from this forum, the date references are based on Goins Encyclopedia

How do you identify Camillus knives?

Like most every enduring knife manufacturer, Camillus used several different tang stamps to mark its knives. These stamps are invaluable to collectors in determining information about the companys tools including but not limited to their age.

What happened to Camillus knives?

This tang stamp was used by Camillus from 1989 up until its bankruptcy in 2007. Note that the Camillus brand emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, but this page will remain dedicated to the pre-bankruptcy knives.

When did Camillus knives stop using the tang stamp?

This stamp has was used on Camillus knives for a very short time. The company quit referencing the date after 1915, but started back up in its later days preceding bankruptcy. The tang stamp shown here is known as Camillus three line straight stamp. I believe this stamp to have been used on knives manufactured from 1916 to the early 1930s.

When did Camillus use the four line stamp?

I believe this stamp to have been used on knives manufactured from 1916 to the early 1930s. The tang stamp shown here is known as Camillus four line stamp. It is said to have been used on knives manufactured from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s. This tang stamp was used by Camillus from 1946 to 1950.

Where did the first knives come from?

Early traces of separate handles have been found in Hallstatt, a celtic village, where knives were found having bone handles, dated back to the years 600 BC. Archaeologists have discovered many knives can blades in Ancient Roman cities. Handles were often made out of carved bone, but also commonly from wood and metal.

How have knives changed over the years?

Since the invention of the iron blade, our knives have changed very little. Read more about the types of blades used in knife-making here. However, one ‘recent’ creation with regards to knives and blades is the invention of the folding knife, about 600 years ago.

How do you date your Camillus knives?

I believe you’re more interested in dating the vintage ones, though, so the other era guides on that list are best suited to your needs. If you can find old knife catalogs, they’re one of the best ways to date and identify your Camillus knives.

Did ancient civilizations have knives?

All of these ancient or modern civilizations had some sort of blade, either as a weapon or a home tool, or both.. Inuits have the famous ulu knife, recognisable by its unique design and shape. The curved blade of the ulu knives allowed it to be used in a variety of tasks.

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